Can this be true? Is Australia finally getting it? Are we going to see more of this?
To me, it's not even just about the perks of the job - being paid to swim and snorkel and live in the gorgeous Hamilton Islands in Queensland for 6 months. Yes, the work of Island Caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef sounds as close to a Fab Job as possible. Seriously.
I mean - what can you say about living in a 3-bedroom house, getting free airfare from the home city, reporting for various media outlets in Australia... and getting paid $150,000 AUD for this 6-month contract? It's like getting a fantastic holiday - with pay and benefits!
What excites me though are the fact that:
A) Tourism Queensland is the one advertising for this position. (Yay! Massive webby points for you!)
B) They specifically ask for someone who can BLOG - write blog entries and do video blogs.
Wow-sers! It's probably THE biggest blogging-related position that was ever offered here in Australia in a mainstream manner. At least, one that I'm aware of.
How can I not be excited?
It seems to be taking Australia a very long time to "get" web and social media. Sure, we have a lot of fabulous and talented bloggers here. And, it's so much easier to mention the word "blog" nowadays in the mainstream - and not appear like an alien from planet XYZ. But, there's definitely still a lot of room for things to grow around here.
So yeah, it's exciting.
Will I be applying for it? Well, I'm
gainfully employed in blogging already* (and living near the beautiful beaches here in South Australia too!). With a young family. So, no. I think I'm happy to give other folks a chance to get in to it. 😉
I'm just looking forward to what else is in store for Australia and the world of web and social media in the coming months.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.